De­light on dou­ble!

Oyle­gate-Glen­brien ease to vic­tory

Enniscorthy Guardian - - SPORT - DEAN GOODISON


OYLE­GATE-GLEN­BRIEN pow­ered to a Roinn 1 shield dou­ble as they com­pleted their Gorey Guardian Un­der-15 foot­ball suc­cess against Our Lady’s Island/St. Fin­tan’s in St. Pa­trick’s Park on Tues­day.

The En­nis­cor­thy Dis­trict side sim­ply had too much pace and power for their op­po­nents, as their di­rect run­ning and clin­i­cal fin­ish­ing killed off their spir­ited ri­vals af­ter three quick ma­jors early in the sec­ond-half.

The gulf that even­tu­ally sep­a­rated the sides was far from ev­i­dent in the open­ing quar­ter as the boys wear­ing the pre­dom­i­nantly green of St. Fin­tan’s gave it a real go.

They had an early Aaron Busher goal dis­al­lowed for a square ball but kept pow­er­ing for­ward re­gard­less.

Busher turned provider for Kyle Rankin in the sev­enth minute, and the fly­ing for­ward broke through, still had plenty to do, but did it em­phat­i­cally by smash­ing his shot high past Paul Burns.

Mikie Doyle and Dara Casey got Oyle­gate-Glen­brien within a point in the 15th minute be­fore Ryan Cullen’s goal fired them ahead for the first time.

The even­tual cham­pi­ons piled on the pres­sure in the sec­ond quar­ter and it told just be­fore the break when Aaron Quigley hit the net.

Sud­denly up by 2-5 to 1-0 at the change of ends, Oyle­gate-Glen­brien pushed on with three goals in nine min­utes af­ter the re­sump­tion.

Casey net­ted the first two, and Quigley then added his sec­ond as the lead swelled to 17.

Con­all Byrne came to the fore as the half wore on and kicked sev­eral fine scores, as well as a sixth goal for his side.

Seán Row­ley popped over a late point but Our Lady’s Island/ St. Fin­tan’s bat­tled away and scav­enged a late ma­jor through Oisín Meyler.

Oyle­gate-Glen­brien had ear­lier swapped ’keep­ers with Jack Hen­nessy go­ing in goal, while pre­vi­ous stop­per Paul Burns went up­field and kicked the fi­nal score to ce­ment the ti­tle for his side.

Oyle­gate-Glen­brien: Paul Burns (0-1); Ned Ma­her, Adam Roche, Adam Nolan; Jack Hen­nessy, Cameron Clarke (capt., 0-1 free), Richard For­tune; Ryan Cullen (1-0), Dara Casey (2-1); Mikie Doyle (0-3), Aaron Quigley (2-1), Shane Do­ran; Con­all Byrne (15, 0-2 frees), Gra­ham Cur­ran, Seán Row­ley (0-1). Subs. - Niall Byrne for Row­ley (55), also An­drew Fitzhenry, Seán Doyle, Conor Mur­phy.

Our Lady’s Island/St. Fin­tan’s: James Wright; Cor­mac Lyons, Quin­lan Kelly, Conor Swan; Dan Kelly, Leigh New­port, Jake Cleary; Liam Kelly (capt.), Oisín Meyler (1-0), Cil­lian Doyle, Aaron Busher, Johnny Kelly; Evan Cullen, Kyle Rankin (1-0), Lee Kelly. Subs. - Jor­dan Bog­gan for Lyons (31), Conor Fahy for Cleary (31), Ryan Gold­smith for Busher (39), Oisín Lyons for L. Kelly, inj. (49), Kurt Cleary for Doyle (52), also Dan Dev­ereux.

Ref­eree: Paddy Brady (Réalt na Mara).

The run­ners-up from Our Lady’s Island/St. Fin­tan’s.

Oyle­gate-Glen­brien cel­e­brate af­ter com­plet­ing a no­table dou­ble.

Cil­lian Doyle of Our Lady’s Island/St. Fin­tan’s is pur­sued by Shane Do­ran (Oyle­gate-Glen­brien).

Oisín Meyler on the ball for Our Lady’s Island/St. Fin­tan’s.

Cameron Clarke, the Oyle­gate-Glen­brien cap­tain, with Dean Goodison, rep­re­sent­ing Peo­ple News­pa­pers, and John O’Neill of Coiste na nOg.

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